Hip Hop

Ride Bell Threes

The Ride Bell Threes beat uses groups of three ride cymbal strokes that overlap the bars. The ride is played on the bell on beats 1 and 3 to bring out the downbeats.

The Judge – Twenty One Pilots – Metric Modulation

"The Judge" from Twenty One Pilot's latest album, Blurryface, features some interesting tempo changes. The above notation relates to bridge section of the song, at the point where the tempo drops back (2:55).

Mysterons – Portishead

This compelling groove is heard throughout most of the song, which features on the band's critically-acclaimed debut album, Dummy (1995). Portishead drummer, Clive Deamer, plays a clever, funk-inspired beat with a crescendo roll beginning on beat 4 of each measure. I first thought that the roll must have been overdubbed because you can hear the hi-hat sound on the 'and of 4' – which is impossible to play with only two hands. Studying some live footage shows how he achieves this seemingly impossible feat. There are 3 broken down versions of the beat below to help you learn the roll technique.

F.T.B. – Robert Glasper – Beat

This microscopically complex beat played by Damion Reid, sets the tone for Robert Glasper's tune "F.T.B." It features rapid 32nd note paradiddle-diddles played between the hi-hat and snare (beginning on the 'e' of beats 2 and 4). Meanwhile, the bass drum anchors the feel – sounding on beats 1 and 3. The drum part evolves organically throughout the piece while maintaining a relaxed vibe.

Mockingbird – Eminem

The only difference between these two measures is that the second measure does not have a hi-hat note on the 'and of beat 3'. This small variation makes the groove feel less repetitive, even though it was programmed to play throughout the entire song.

Cleanin’ Out My Closet – Eminem

This funky, syncopated two-measure loop was programmed to play throughout the entire song.

Jump Around – House of Pain

This is the classic groove that makes Jump Around by House of Pain jam.

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

This is the grooving, yet simple, drum beat from All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor.

Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams

This solid hip-hop beat is played with only the bass and snare and is used throughout the song Drop It Like It's Hot - Snoop Dogg.

Super Bon Bon – Soul Coughing

The main drum beat from Super Bon Bon by Soul Coughing.

Whistle – Flo Rida

The main drum beat for Whistle by Flo Rida.

Boom Boom Boom

Learn to play this Boom Boom Boom half-time feel drum beat.